According to The Wall Street Journal, Meta, facebook’s jobs parent company, will require staffers to have received a COVID-19 booster shot in order to work from its US offices. Meta had previously stated that US office employees would be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 when they returned to work. Still, as of March 28th, they will also be required to show proof of a booster vaccine, Meta spokesperson Tracy Clayton confirmed to The Verge.
The company is also delaying reopening its full office until March 28th, delaying a return that was previously scheduled for the end of this month. Not all Meta employees will be required to return to work on March 28th. According to a policy announced in December, those who want to return can postpone their return for three to five months.
Staff members can also request to work remotely full-time. According to Clayton, employees will now have until March 14th to decide whether to return to the office, defer their return, or request part-time remote work.
The changes are being announced as COVID-19 jobs and case counts continue to rise across the United States, forcing businesses and organizations to rethink their plans for in-person gatherings. Due to the increasing number of cases, many companies withdrew their physical presence from this year’s CES, and the conference itself was canceled a day early.
The Grammy Awards and the Sundance Film Festival announced changes last week; the Grammys were partly postponed due to concerns about the omicron variant, while Sundance canceled its in-person programming for its 2022 event.
Other major technology companies have recently shifted their office reopening plans as well. Apple postponed its return to work indefinitely in December, pushing back a previously scheduled reopening date of February 1st. Google had planned to keep in-office work voluntary until today, January 10th, but the company pushed that back in December, saying it would wait until 2022 to make more plans for returning to the office.
Microsoft stopped predicting a reopening date for its offices in September, and Amazon announced in October that it would allow individual teams to decide when they would return to offices.
Source: The Verge